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Art Students’ Work On Display In City Centre

Art Students’ Work On Display In City Centre

Exeter School of Art students will bring the city to life as they show their artwork to the public. 

Exeter School of Art may be the only college nationwide where students will exhibit work for real and online. Traditionally this is the time of year for graduating art students to exhibit their work; however, this year the vast majority of schools across the country are making exhibitions online. From Monday 29 June – Thursday 16 July 2020, dedicated students are brightening the city as it emerges from lockdown. Shoppers and workers can look forward to a more creative environment as they return to the city centre.    

Emily Gibbon, Manager of retail, culture, tourism and business support organisation InExeter, said:

“It’s so exciting to see the city coming back to life, people adapting to the new measures and bringing a buzz to the place once again. Having these fabulous pieces of art by the Exeter School of Art and Design installed for people to see and enjoy will add to the atmosphere and experience of visiting the city. It’s a great use of space, and I can’t wait to see more innovative ideas around the city in the coming months.”  

Adaptive Art Created At Home

The outstanding artwork on display in Paris Street, Awesome Art Space, and 6 Paris Street and Peacocks and Halfords in Sidwell Street was produced by Graphic Communication, Fine Art, and Photography students studying at University Level, as well as students on the Access to Higher Education (Art and Design) course.   

The work exhibited is from students’ final projects from years 12 and 13. The majority of the work produced during the lockdown influenced what some students created. Students did not have access to the college’s facilities and resources. They had to be extra adaptive and creative with the materials and technology available to them at home.   

Presenting the finished work to the Exeter community is an exciting opportunity. Particularly for students disappointed by the prospect of graduating without presenting their work to the public.  

Nigel Watts, Head of the Art and Design faculty at the Exeter School of Art, said,

“We are very proud of the students who have worked so hard from home in the recent months to produce the excellent work you will see in the show. It feels great that we have had the opportunity to exhibit their work at the end of this academic year, something that did not seem possible a few months ago.”  

Businesses Supportive

Exeter College and the School of Art are very grateful for support from Awesome Art Space, Eat the Bird and Princesshay, in providing and helping them to access these exhibition spaces.    

Michelle Menezes, Centre Manager at Princesshay, said,

“We are delighted to host Exeter College and the School of Art on Paris Street for this exciting exhibition. The talented students have worked so hard, through very difficult times, to create stunning, thought-provoking pieces. All the artwork can be seen from outside the store. Everyone is welcome to visit the inspiring exhibition.”  

The work on display is from Exeter School of Art (part of Exeter College) students studying on courses validated by the University of Plymouth and AIM awards. Exeter College won TEF Gold (Teaching Excellence Framework in 2019).  

Exeter School of Art is now recruiting for all of their creative courses for September 2020.  

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